2shannon -- December94

Shannon Theory: Present and Future

Moderator: Sergio Verd'u

As part of the 1994 IEEE Workshop on Information theory held in Moscow, a panel dis- cussion on "Shannon Theory: Present and Future" took place on July 5th. The invited panelists were What follows is an edited and extended version of that discussion.

Question 1

With the current increasing emphasis on practically oriented research, some people think that information theory "is not where the action is", some seem surprised that we are "still working" on Shannon theory, and some people even go as far as saying that "information theory is dead". So the first question I put to the panel is: Is Information Theory dead, and if not, what evidence do we have to the contrary?

Forney's response

Csisz'ar's response

Pinsker's response

Verd'u's response

Narayan's response

Blahut's response

Question 2

Let us talk about the current trends in Shannon theory. What kind of problems should we put more (and less) emphasis on? [The tape recorder missed a portion of the discussion, including Dave Forney's answer to this question].

Csisz'ar's response

Pinsker's response

Verd'u's response

Narayan's response

Blahut's response

Question 3

Let us move on to what we perceive are the future trends in information theory. We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of our field in 1998. So, what do we see as the main problems people will be working on in 1998 and into the 21st century?

Forney's response

Csisz'ar's response

Pinsker's response

Verd'u's response

Narayan's response

Blahut's response